(Granby) The Estrie hockey area and its local associations are juggling the idea of creating a regional AA Super Junior League that could be launched as early as next season.
“It was during a regular meeting in February that the representative of an association (Coaticook, it seems) made the suggestion, explains the president of Hockey Estrie, Gérard Bélanger. The project is under consideration and it is difficult to say more at this time. ”
What you need to know is that Junior A hockey, as well as Junior B, do not look good in the Eastern Townships. In the Yamaska-Missisquoi area, for example, the junior A league finished its season with three teams. And some are looking for a way to revive junior hockey in the region.
There are only two AA junior teams currently in the Eastern Townships: the Farnham Braves – who play in the Laurentides-Lanaudière league – and V. Boutin de Plessisville, each with a protective list of some 120 players. To create new junior AA teams,
A protection list of 45 to 60 skaters would have the force of law.
“Playing all the time against the same teams is not great,” says Gérard Bélanger. Perhaps the Granby juniors would like to play Sherbrooke, Coaticook and Drummondville from time to time. Maybe it would increase interest. Some are for, some are against. ”
We play without contact in junior A and junior B, where the biggest player of the new junior AA teams will come from. And with a reduced list of protections, he is wondering how the new AA junior clubs in tournament as well as the Dodge Cup.
“There are plenty of things to consider,” said Bélanger. Exactly, do we want to have a super junior AA regional league, even if we have difficulty competing at provincial events? ”
According to Bélanger, some are pushing for the creation of a regional junior A league. This would be the case for the Granby association.
“It’s a complex issue. We arrive at the end of April. Decisions will have to be taken quickly. ”
No Interest in Farnham
In Farnham, Jean-Charles Lajoie says he has no interest in playing in a regional AA junior league where his team’s protection list would be reduced to a minimum of half.
“I will not embark on that,” he said. We do competitive hockey, no participation! ”
At the moment, Lajoie does not know where his Braves will play next season. For if the governors of the AA Laurentides-Lanaudière Junior Hockey League voted for the return of his club, he still has not obtained the Hockey Estrie OK or Hockey Laurentides-Lanaudière.
Joined by La Voix de l’Est , the president of Hockey Laurentides-Lanaudière, Michel Côté, said “if there is AA junior hockey in the Eastern Townships, that’s where Farnham will play! ”
Côté also did not like certain statements of the great boss of the Braves following the events in Lachute in November, when two of the players of Farnham had been seriously injured.